At this time of year, many of us find ourselves daydreaming about a holiday in the sun. There's another way to get through the winter months, though: embrace them. Escape for a short holiday without having to go long haul by exploring the winter wonderland that many European cities offer, not least Paris.
In Postojna Cave, Slovenia, anyone can take a train and explore 5 km of underground tunnels and passages, or you can sign up for an adrenaline adventure tour and taste the real caving experience.
Italy in general, and more particularly the gorgeous Tuscany area, is well known to be an expensive place to visit, but this doesn't necessarily have to be set in stone. There are many options available to the more money-savvy traveller, heading to Italy's shores.
Polish food is fast becoming the food of the moment, particularly as the shadow of communism has faded to allow a democratic and economically stable Poland to flourish. In fact, it's been 25 years since communism fell and, in that time, Poland has transformed herself almost unrecognisably.
Surat Thani is a beautiful province in Southern Thailand filled with wonder, but there's one thing which has tarnished its name in recent years - and that's some the travel agencies. If Surat Thani was a verb (i.e. that man really 'Surat Thanied' me) it would simply be defined as 'to get one over on a tourist, and ruin a good portion of their trip for financial gain.'
From Peru to China, the lesser-known towns and cities offer travellers something different for the new year. Featuring Unesco World Heritage Sites, music festivals, historical landmarks and film locations, these destinations won't disappoint.
It's ironic because for most of my life I've been a night owl, but I now spend most of my days shooting at dawn. I love falling out of bed when the city is asleep and wandering the empty streets as sunrise breaks over the city. For a good ten years, shooting at daybreak has been the most inspiring impetus for my photography.
Which one of these rare species would be the ideal travel buddy for a lady? Well, it all depends on your own personality, doesn't it? Let's take a look at the categories...
Earlier this year I made the decision to quit my job, and take a few months out to see the world. I love London, but a combination of things had made me exhausted with my life in the big city. I was ready to leave my comfort zone and go on some adventures!
A female Italian astronaut soon to join the International Space Station will be among the first to use a newly patented device to make 'proper' espresso coffee, enjoyed from a specially designed zero-gravity cup.
After one year of living in Los Angeles, here I was - back visiting London for 2 weeks. Home. I was noticing things I'd never noticed before. No, not just noticing, but in their comforting familiarity I found them to be exquisite.
The Italians may have a chequered political history, a national debt second only to Greece and high levels of unemployment but if they do one thing really well, it is luxury hotels. Italian luxury hotels are acknowledged worldwide as among the best for style, service and food: they are the standard bearers that others try to follow.
Stepping into the street of the Medina (Old City), from our tranquil guest house with its traditional courtyard, open-roof top and old fashioned doors and locks, was like stepping into a world not to far removed from the images of Asia and Africa depicted by 19th century European Orientalist travelogues and art works.
We all know that seeing a friend has this positive effect, but sometimes we repeatedly push it away in pursuit of happiness by other means. But in the pursuit of "achieving" this other happiness, we usually neglect what we know does make us happy: spending time with friends.
So will Laura's legacy endure? Apparently so - the company has reported profits this year in home furnishings which shows that the brand isn't just beloved of my mother's generation but mine as well.
About a month ago I returned from the most extraordinary trip to Kenya. I had the honor to bring a small group of young widows from America to visit widows in the slum of Kibera. It was a journey of courage and of new beginnings.